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May 6, 2011 at 9:24 PM

Chicago White Sox at Mariners: May 6, 2011 game thread

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Milton Bradley took what we all thought was a ball outside the strike zone with Chone Figgins breaking for third on a one-out steal attempt. Figgins made it, but Bradley didn’t — getting rung up by plate umpire Mike Muchlinski for a called third strike.
Bradley, predictably, went a bit loco and got himself tossed out of the game. Eric Wedge had to come out and position himself between Bradley and the ump and guide him back to the dugout.
Miguel Olivo went down swinging to end the inning.
I know the strike call looked pretty iffy. But Bradley can’t be getting himself tossed. This is the second time in less than a week. The team needs him out there when the game is tied 2-2 heading to the ninth, not sitting in the clubhouse. He’s a grown man and has to control himself. He doesn’t need Wedge out there acting like a Little League parent, close call or not.
There was a close call earlier on Paul Konerko, who didn’t like it but somehow managed to keep from going that extra bit too far. Yeah, i didn’t like the Bradley call. But it wasn’t that bad that it’ll make the year-end blooper reel. Bradley’s reaction just might. Time to grow up. It’s always someone else’s fault.
So, the announced crowd here is 31,912. Bobblehead Nation is thriving in Seattle. The sports scene? Well, the M’s just had trouble drawing 14,000 to see the first place Texas Rangers. They have more than double that here tonight versus the last-place White Sox on a cold, damp night.
But there are bobbleheads. So, I guess all is well,. You folks can fill in the commentary. I get in trouble when I speak the truth too much in one day.


8:59 p.m.: That prediction that Felix Hernandez should be OK the rest of the way lasted exactly two pitches before Carlos Quentin blasted the second one into the left field seats in the seventh to tie the game 2-2. Hernandez was not happy with himself.
8:46 p.m.: The Mariners finally scored a run, with Milton Bradley getting the big hit — a one-out double — in the sixth after striking out his first two times up. Ichiro led off with a walk, was bunted to second by Chone Figgins and then scored when Bradley sent a ball towards the left field corner.
And then, the Mariners went up 2-1 when you-know-who…the Smoak Monster…roared again. Justin Smoak drilled a long double to the gap in left center. It was a towering shot and would have been out of a lot of parks. It was a double here and good enough for the lead. Felix Hernandez should be OK from here.
8:03 p.m.: Chicago took a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth, largely because of some blown bunt coverage by the M’s. Juan Pierre led off with a single and then Alexei Ramirez beat out a bunt for a hit when nobody covered first base. Justin Smoak ran in on the ball and it looked like Jack Wilson headed to the wrong bag at second rather than first. (EDIT 10:03 p.m. — The coaching staff tells me the mistake was Justin Smoak’s and not Wilson’s. Smoak was supposed to read the play and hustle back to the bag. My bad.)
With two on, Pierre took third on a flyout and then scored on a sacrifice fly by Paul Konerko.
Smoak missed another home run by a foot or two to right field before it went foul in the second inning. Smoak drew a leadoff walk, but was stranded.
Brendan Ryan led off the bottom of the third with a double to left-center, just his second hit in 24 at-bats. But he, too, was stranded, even after an Ichiro grounder got him to third with one out.
Chone Figgins popped out foul behind third base and Milton Bradley went down swinging for the second time tonight.
7:28 p.m.: The Chicago White Sox have looked pitiful so far this season and are a deserved last in the American League. With Felix Hernandez on the mound and a delirious Ichiro-Bobblehead inspired crowd behind them, the M’s have a shot to get back to .500 this series. It all begins tonight.
Hernandez got the side 1-2-3 in the first inning. Chone Figgins drew a one-out walk in the bottom of the first, but Milton Bradley struck out and Miguel Olivo grounded into a fielder’s choice.
The lineups:
WHITE SOX
LF Juan Pierre
SS Alexei Ramirez
DH Adam Dunn
1B Paul Konerko
RF Carlos Quentin
C A.J. Pierzynski
CF Alex Rios
3B Mark Teahen
2B Gordon Beckham
RHP Phil Humber
MARINERS
RF Ichiro
3B Chone Figgins
LF Milton Bradley
C Miguel Olivo
1B Justin Smoak
DH Jack Cust
2B Jack Wilson
CF Michael Saunders
SS Brendan Ryan
RHP Felix Hernandez

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